Living Donor Mentor Program
By linking people who have already donated an organ with those who are considering donation, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Living Donor Mentor Program provides potential donors additional support and information. Mentors’ real-life stories are an invaluable source of insight and comfort to those still weighing the decision about living organ donation. In turn, the mentoring experience provides previous donors the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and to stay connected with the transplant community.
About the Program
The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Transplant Program has a mentorship program that links people, by phone, who have already donated an organ, with those who are considering donation. We believe our donors know better than anyone what donation is actually like, and can be a valuable source of support, encouragement and information for people going through the donation process.
Our mentors have been chosen for their positive attitude and willingness to share their time and experiences. We have assembled a group of mentors from a variety of ages, religious and cultural beliefs, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds as well as unique factors that affected their donation. Each mentor has completed a thorough training program taught by our staff of nurses and social workers. On-going support and guidance is always available to our mentors. Our staff carefully pairs each mentee with a mentor based on factors such as age, gender, race, organ donated, relationship to their recipient, and similar concerns that have been shared.
Your mentor will be given your first name, phone number and a brief account of your situation. Your last name, address, and date of birth are kept confidential.
To Enroll in the Program
If you are interested in being paired with a mentor please fill out the following forms:
Please return both forms to:
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave., F8/135
Madison, WI 53792-1735